Saturday, June 19, 2010

Taro's Ninja Spy High School

Although this has nothing really to do with college life or anything like that, I just wanted to take a moment to announce the beginning of my first story in like forever! One day, I just randomly came up with the bare bones of this story in my head and thought it sounded like a pretty cool idea. I even made a post about it a couple days ago and how I intended to start writing it sometime. Well... here it is!

Taro's Ninja Spy High School

I plan on updating it piece by piece, not chapter by chapter, necessarily. That will keep me fresh and full of ideas, and it will help to keep the quality of the writing good, as well as keep my interest in the story high. Plus, this is the first story I will be actively be posting online. I mean, I have posted like fanficts and a few original works on other related sites, but nothing quite like this. So please feel free to post comments and suggestions below (no sign up required!).

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Car Troubles and College Books

Today wasn't too amazingly eventful. Yesterday, I got a call from a friend who needed my help and so I went to help her out. We stayed out real late, and I didn't get home until 6 in the morning. But other than that fact, I ended up realizing on the way home that my car was getting rather warm. I figured I'd just push through and ignore it until I got home, but the car had other plans, and before I knew it, I had to stop. It turns out that the old bugger is leaking coolant--bad too! My dad and I think it's the water pump. But I guess I'll have to take it in tomorrow morning. I would have taken it in this morning, but I decided sleep sounded like a much better idea.

Other than that, I finally FINALLY ordered my school books for next semester, too. I was waiting on the bookstore to be all Hey! Here's your books! but although they had already identified most of the books I'll be needing, they didn't make it available for purchase. So finally, I took my dad's suggestion and ordered them on Amazon. So they should be here in less than 2 weeks.

So basically I'm broke again. It was nice having money, but honestly, that money was intended for books, and I'd rather have books than money anyway. So this'll work out well. In the meantime, I need to get cracking down on those scholarships, even if it does cut into my sleep. =(

--Koi

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sleep Deprivation and Honey!

Okay, so I'm totally sleep deprived because I stayed up all night. Originally, I had intended to get a ridiculous amount of things done overnight, and although I made some good progress, the two red bulls I took and the lack of sleep et cetera, combined with the fact that I slept all day and thus had to be quiet all night, PLUS fighting off the urge to go buy Filiberto's in the middle of the night, WHICH by the way, I ended up driving down there twice and turning back because I realized it was just a bad idea. -.-;;; But DAMN those tacos are sooo delicious! OMG! I could eat them forever!

Anyway... there is no honey in this story... just lots of sleep-deprived rambling. And you might be all like.... why don't you put this in your blog about rambling?... and I'd be all like ROASTED BUNNY IS DELICIOUS! and then we'd get nowhere so let's just go ahead and skip that step and assume that everything is as it should be, right?

Annnnywhooo... honestly, I didn't get around to applying for any scholarships last night. I realized that it's much easier to apply for scholarships when you can print out the application. But I did locate some old letters of recommendation that never got shipped off and am hoping to get that done PRONTO! I saved a whole bunch of forms and stuff on my computer desktop in a file that says "SCHOLARSHIPS!" so that I totally know exactly where to find them all. >o>;;

On that note.... I also had a good time laying out a story I had in my head for some time. For those of you who know me, and perhaps even some that don't, you shouldn't be surprised it's a story about a ninja. I am highly contemplating having my friend Corina make it into a manga series when I'm all done with it and stuff, which won't be a for a while, but I don't know how she'd feel about it. Perhaps she'd get all real excited like and then we could totally sell it to Viz or something and they could rip us off like all other first-time manga artists! =3

But that's just a side project for now. The synopsis covers all the important story plots that I wanted to fit in the story in a very vague language with specific details where I want to remember very specific things. Other than that, the synopsis is so vague that the characters don't even have names. Try writing a 2 page synopsis of a story where your main character is just called "our hero" over and over again. Eventually I had to switch it up and start calling him things that are a little more creative like "the young ninja" and such. Never-the-less, I think it's a good start.

Other than that, I spent an EXORBITANT amount of time last night improving this website! =3 Don't you guys just love me? (Probably not... one minute I'm yelling at you for not commenting enough, and the next minute I'm asking for praise. =s ) At any rate, I ended up moving some things around because I thought they might look nicer where I set them, and most importantly, I accomplished something I've been meaning to do for quite some time, which is fix up the pages links. Before, they were like just random floating words above every post, but NOW, they are random floating words in boxes that highlight when you put your mouse over them. I was horrified at how simple it was to alter the style of the pages links, where I had spent so many hours trying to figure it out. Figrues....

But after much consideration and experimentation, I finally ended up on something I felt was good and not over the top. I had made some other more complicated alterations, but they ended up just being distracting and making it look kind of weird.

I also improved the Google Webmaster Sitemap feature, which helps to let google know which pages of yours it should index so that people can come find me here. d_d

And finally, I improved the COMMENT button on the bottom. Yes, now you can click the BIG RED BUTTON below every post that says ADD YOUR COMMENT right there below each and every page! and tell me how you like the new layout and what you think I could do to improve it.

Thanks guys! ^.~

--Koi

It's a Hard Road Ahead To College

This is the ever-anticipated update of the courageous life of the dashing and supremely amazing Koi! Ok... I don't know how much of that is true, but never the less, this is the goings-on of recent.

So... where do I begin? Oh yes!
So here's my current situation, which has been boggling my mind as of late, but not so much my motivation. You see... last semester was my first semester at ASU. The semester prior, my parents willfully paid for my tuition, with the exception of my first semester which was paid for by my deceased grandma. But upon graduating, I suddenly found that my parents weren't willing (or perhaps even able!) to pick up the tab for my several thousand dollar tuition.

Never-the-less, I was able to somehow pull it off. I got my financial aid bullshit all put together, as well as the innumerable amount of things that the required for registration, and got in just barely in time to enjoy a long semester of mental pain and torture. =3

But now, I'm faced with another crisis. In an attempt to move onto campus, in hopes that will make my life a million times more exciting and at least half as stressful, I am faced with a minimum of an extra $2000 increase to my total tuition. On top of it all, I discovered that student loans cap out at $7500 per year for a 3rd year undergraduate. Soooo... that means that I might not be able to go to college OR live in a dorm. T_T And if that happens, all hell will break loose because then I'll have to get a job, probably have to start paying for my student loans, and life as I know it will be over. The chances of me recovering from something so horrible a fate as having to end my school early is not as great as I would like them to be.

So, therefore, I must do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen! So, with the help of these trusty energy drinks...! (On second thought.... what is in these things anyway?)... I will conquer this problem like I have all the others.... minus the procrastination!

So from here on out, until my future is secure, I must stay focused and battle this problem head on, and that is exactly what I will do! I will come out on top, as always, and I will show all the brilliance of my strength and the stubbornness of my awesome prowess! AND THE WORLD WILL BOW DOWN BEFORE ME AND BEG FOR FORGIVENESS! ^0^ Hohohohoho~!

--Koi